Whatever people think about the still nascent Pokemon craze, one thing is for certain: The viral mobile app has a way of bringing people—especially perfect strangers—together.
Thousands of San Franciscans found that out for themselves this week, as an estimated 10,000 Bay Area mobile users gathered to participate in a Pokemon Go crawl. The now ubiquitous Nintendo game had two starting points in San Francisco that eventually converged into one, sending crowds into a frenzy as they tried to hunt down the game's elusive characters.
Pokemon characters came back to life this month as Alphabet spin-off company Niantic launched "Pokemon Go" in conjunction with Nintendo—an augmented reality mobile gaming app that lets users catch Pokemon in real life. App intelligence firm Sensor Tower estimates there have been over 30 million downloads since launch, a number that's surely growing as the craze picks up speed.